Shane Wallace Returning to ProCup in '05

Longs, SC-Seat time is what every up-and-coming driver needs. Last season, Shane Wallace had little of it. In 2005, however, that will change.

After a hit-and-miss effort in the BUSCH Series in '04, Wallace announced today that he would return to the Hooters ProCup Series in 2005.

"It was tough for us in the BUSCH Series last year," said Wallace. "Nothing panned out the way it should have as far as sponsorship. Then, you've got 20 [Nextel] Cup guys running in BUSCH, and that's what killed us. I'm looking forward to being in the car every other week and having some fun in ProCup."

Though Wallace is ready to rekindle the joys of racing, he also feels he's ready to win.

"We're coming back to win," said Wallace. "I know were going to be a lot better than when we left."

When Wallace left, he wasn't bad.

As a rookie in 2002, Wallace grabbed a pole at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, six top-10 starts and two top-10 finishes. In a highly contested Miller Lite Rookie of the Year battle, Wallace was the highest finishing rookie in the Southern Division.

Running a limited schedule in 2003, Wallace competed in nine with five top- 11 finishes, including a season-best fourth-place finish at New Smyrna (Fla.).

In 29 ProCup starts, Wallace picked up two top-five finishes, six top-10 finishes and led 92 laps. Not a bad resume for a 20-year-old, but Wallace believes his second stint in the Hooters ProCup Series will be even better.

"We're way ahead of the game at the point," said Wallace. "We've got one car done already, and it's ready for testing. Our second car should be ready soon. We're surrounding ourselves with the best of the best."

Wallace will have a Billy Hess chassis and an Automotive Specialists engine under the skin of his Ford in 2005. All of which Wallace believes will help him achieve his '05 goals.

"The level of competition in the Series has definitely risen over the last few years, and it's going to be tough next year," said Wallace. "But we've got an A-plus team, and our goals are to win five races and the championship."